Seminole’s Addy O’Daniel - Athlete Spotlight Presented By BancFirst Seminole
Addy O’Daniel just completed her sophomore year at Seminole High School. She had quite a start to her high school golf career after tearing her ACL during her freshman basketball season. Putting her determination on display, O’Daniel still chose to play golf that spring and went on to qualify for the Class 3A state tournament.
“She’s a great kid,” said Seminole golf coach Brian McAlvain. “She showed her grit qualifying for state with a torn ACL. Her mental toughness is a major asset. Whatever she puts in her mind to accomplish, she’ll do it.”
The following summer, she had surgery on her ACL and was released to return to sports in December, with her release date a day before the first basketball game. Unfortunately, she did not get to see what her sophomore golf season would bring, as it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, she looks back on her freshman year as a great memory and can’t wait to get back on the green.
“My favorite memory from high school golf so far would have to be when I qualified for the state tournament last season,” she said. “State was a pretty big factor in the making of my surgery decision. So, qualifying was pretty important to me. I hadn’t played my best, in fact, it was my highest score of the season. But God pulled through for me, and I placed sixth, and they took the top six to state.”
O’Daniel was just as determined in her recovery process.
“Something that drove me through the long process was the want to beat the odds,” she said. “Many people told me you don’t come back the same after such an injury, but I wanted to come back better. Constant workouts and strength exercises were crucial.”
After high school, O’Daniel hopes to continue playing golf in college. With her work ethic, she will surely reach whatever goals she sets out to accomplish.